Dorrie Faubus-McCarty (Courtesy Photo)
Emily Russo Miller
Record Staff Writer
The executive director of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that she is stepping down from her position to pursue another job opportunity.
Dorrie Faubus-McCarty, who has been the executive director of the chamber since July 2009, submitted a letter of resignation to the chamber’s Executive Board of Directors Sept. 2, stating she would like her last day to be Sept. 16.
“It was a hard decision to make,” she said in an interview Thursday afternoon. “It was very emotional.”
Faubus-McCarty declined to say where she will be working in the future, only that it was a local private company.
An interim executive director or a successor have not yet been chosen, Board president David Duer said on Thursday, but the board will meet today to plan out how to proceed.
Chamber bylaws do not specify procedures on how to choose a director, just that the approval of the Executive Board of Directors is required.
Duer noted that under Faubus-McCarty’s leadership, membership of the chamber has grown tremendously. He also credited her for improving the chamber’s website to be more user friendly and for boosting the quality of the chamber’s newsletter.
“It’s all because of her that the chamber is moving in the right direction,” he said.
Faubus-McCarty implemented multiple programs during her two-year tenure, including the quarterly Lunch and Learn educational event and the monthly Eggs and Issues breakfast meetings to educate local businesses about health care reform, and the annual Chamber Open House to encourage businesses to learn more about services the chamber can provide. She expanded the social networking event Business After Hours and also oversaw the extensive renovations to the chamber’s building.
Before becoming the chamber’s executive director, Faubus-McCarty was in the electronic broadcasting business for 23 years and was general manager of KOBR-TV from 1988 to 1998, and past vice-president and general manager of KBCQ and KCKN radio stations. She also served as a county commissioner in 2006.